Media Release

08 January 2015

Staley – Kealy: Call on Labor to secure Moyston water supplies

Thursday 8 January 2015

 

Call on Labor to secure Moyston water supplies

The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has called on the Andrews Labor Government to support the Moyston community and replenish the town’s depleted stock and domestic water supplies.

Ms Kealy said water resources in Moyston had been significantly impacted by firefighting activities and successive dry years.

“This situation needs to be urgently addressed as part of Moyston’s early fire recovery process,” Ms Kealy said.

It is vital that the community has enough water for household use such as showering and flushing toilets during this extremely hot summer and that local farmers have enough water to sustain their surviving stock. There also needs to be adequate water supplies for any future firefighting needs.

“I am taking up the issue with the Minister for Water to call on her to work with Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and boost local water supplies as soon as possible.”

Ms Kealy said the Andrews Labor Government needed to make stock and domestic water a priority during the fire recovery period.

“I call on Labor to act quickly and secure Moyston’s stock and domestic water supply,” Ms Kealy said.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley said Norval Dam is a key piece of water infrastructure for the Moyston area. “Norval Dam is very low because of the season and the fire and is too low to effectively pump out of at present” said Ms Staley.

Ms Staley said Minister Neville needs to be more active in getting water to fire affected farmers. “We need Norval Dam filled now for stock and domestic water”.